Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Google Ditches Plan for 'face-recognition feature' in Google Glass

In a bid to bow to the individual privacy, Google is reported to have ditched the idea of face-recognition feature from its Google Glass.

In view of privacy fears raised about the camera-enabled Internet-connected eye wear, "We won't add facial recognition features to our products without having strong privacy protections in place," Google said in an online message aimed at software developers creating applications for Glass.

The decision seems to be a follow up of when a group of US lawmakers asked Google to answer questions on the privacy implications and possible "misuse of information" of its Glass project.

Eight US lawmakers in the Congressional Privacy Caucus sent a letter saying they are "curious whether this new technology could infringe on the privacy of the average American".

Already some small establishments in the United States have vowed to ban Glass due to worries about how being able to discreetly take pictures or video might be seen as invasive by patrons.

( via Asia One )
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